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Dock Boggs-Country Blues


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Recorded in 1927 in New York City. Jon Pankake wrote "[t]he haunted dissonance of Boggs' banjo playing and the harsh, overpowering emotion of his singing together with the bleakness of the vision expressed in his songs caused me to rethink my notion of 'folk music,' which hitherto I had associated with Pete Seeger's optimism and cheerful, bouncing banjo." This tune belongs to the same family of so-called blues ballads as "Hustling Gamblers" and "Darling Cory."


1 - Country Blues
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Source 78rpm>CD>MP3
Run time 3:04

Reviews

Reviewer: Dgold at AHT - - April 16, 2004
Subject: Highly influential on contemporary American roots bands
Here are a few modern-day cover versions of this "Country Blues" tune -- all found in the Live Music Archive section of this site:

Leftover Salmon -- It was Leftover Salmon who first led me to an appreciation of Dock Boggs and "Country Blues." LOS' Drew Emmitt sings this with a high and lonesome style that is chilling to the bone, while he utterly rocks the tune on acoustic mandolin.

Donna The Buffalo -- This version is a real jammer with an extended improv instrumental intro before they dig into the vocal part.

JP Beausoliel -- Good stuff.
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